We are back, baby!

America, land of the free home of the brave. The 21st century has thrown us a few curveballs and in my mind (after a little bit of time) we have put ourselves on the correct path.

The automotive industry is no exception. Since “the big three” (Chrysler, Ford, GM, and all their factions) went to Washington and asked for money (despite Ford not getting any) there has been nothing but progress towards America, once again, creating great cars. I would also argue that the economic crisis caused cuts that were beneficial to the automotive community. In other words, I’m glad GM had to cut Pontiac, Mercury, and Saturn. It is indeed terrible that the workers of those companies lost their jobs, but those companies had lost what car manufacturing was all about.

Doesn't it just look like a whole lot of fun?

Doesn’t it just look like a whole lot of fun (Focus ST)?

You shouldn’t just build a car to fill a line, you should want to improve the automobile, you should be inspired to create the next great piece of technology that could change the world. These companies took shortcuts and as a result created cheap, plastic, poorly built cars.

5 years after the bailout we find ourselves living in a glorious land of  American cars. Fiestas and Focuses are looking great. I particularly enjoy the ST versions but that is just the teenager in me. Mustangs are looking great, I even think that the Fusion somewhat resemble a Rapide or some other big Aston.

And I don’t only like fords, as for one of the companies that actually received government money, GM has stepped it up too. I think Chevy is doing well; look at the new impala.  When I was younger and I heard the name Imapala I thought of just any general car. It was simply four wheels, some plastic, an engine, and some bits that tied everything together and there it was. What has Chevy done with your money tax payers? They have brought the Impala back to its roots, a big luxury sedan. And the cherry on the cake of Chevy’s line? The newest Corvette. The new

*shiver* Doesn't it look so good? (2013 Corvette Stingray)

*shiver* Doesn’t it look so good (2013 Corvette Stingray)?

Stingray is not on sale yet, but when it hits the markets I predict it will be the best car to come out of the States since the Gt-40, Fords street-legal remake of its legendary racing car from the 60s. The one thing about GM I will say is I don’t really understand why GMC exists, it’s essentially Chevrolet. The same exact thing, I don’t really get it.

Chrysler and its divisions are doing a good job too. I think that in this decade Jeep has really stepped it up. Grand Cherokees are much nice than they have been in the past, the best SUV that comes out of America if you ask me. Dodge came out with the Dart, a remake of the original Dart, a car from the 70s. I’d even go as far as to call some of the 300 and 200 Chryslers cool too. They have tried so hard to make them cool using celebrities that the kids like. For example Eminem, a popular rapper from Detroit (where the company is based), has appeared in many commercials for Chrysler.

These cars are the kind of products that make you proud to be an American. You look at the Corvette or the Mustang and you think: Hey, we really can create something great if we actually work together and focus on using the great minds and ideas the people of this country possess to create something that can truly compete on a global scale. All we have to do is try.

Half a 10 Car Garage

Every gear head has one or is currently forming one, it’s one of the criteria. 10 perfect cars that you would put in your perfect garage to drive for the rest of your perfect life. I’ve found that everyone like lists so I will be displaying my perfect garage in list format, though, in order to not drone on, I will post half of the list now and the other half at a later date.

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

1. Nissan GTR

Not a particularly beautiful, but from an engineering standpoint it's gorgeous

Not a particularly beautiful, but from an engineering standpoint it’s gorgeous

Listen: this car isn’t gorgeous, it doesn’t have some eccentric, beautiful interior out of a space shuttle, but it does have one trump card.

You see, every engine in a GTR is hand-built by Nissan’s engineers. Someone, with their hands, took some metal, some rubber, and a bit of plastic and made a thing of beauty.

This thing of beauty is, without a doubt, it’s centerpiece. The engine (3.8L V6) pumps out 545 turbocharged horses. This is a drivers car and that’s why it’s perfect.

2. Ford F150 SVT Raptor

100 miles an hour, on just about any surface.

100 miles an hour, on just about any surface.

Snow, sleet, ice, mud, rocks, sand, gravel, grass, asphalt: these are the surfaces that this car can take on with ease, and if there’s some that you can think of that I forgot then please add it to the list.

In my mind, this is the ultimate truck. The lubricant in the suspension in this car is more expensive than entire suspension systems in other cars, pure insanity.

This is the insanity that drives gear heads. Yes, I would like to jump off of dunes in the Mojave going 100 miles an hour and when I land, I would like some well lubricated shocks.

Best truck ever, america, yes. (That’s not really a sentence but I think it gets the point across of why it’s perfect)

3. Mclaren F1

Doors that say "look at me! I cost more than your house! And I can go 250 MPH! Try beating that in your camry!

Doors that say “look at me! I cost more than your house! And I can go over 200 MPH! Try beating that in your Camry!

I have always had tremendous respect for car engineers. They pump out things that inspire passion within us, but in the case of the F1 they hit a milestone. When it was released in the 90s it was the fastest production car in the world.

This is admirable to me because, to me, this is what engineering crazy cars like this should be about.

I just imagine in the meeting they sat down looked at an aerodynamic fish and said “how can we make that go well over 200 miles per hour?”

The answer: 6 liter v12 with over 600 horses in a car that weights a little more than a ton.

And the best part? One seat, in the middle, like your piloting a tie fighter from Star Wars. That’s the reason its better than a Veyron.

in all seriousness, it was built to be the best and that’s how a supercar should be.

4. Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

The most classic definition of American classic muscle.

The most classic definition of American classic muscle.

AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!

You see one of these, you don’t think of the genius of some engineer who has a girl’s name (although you should), no, you think of america: good ol’ boys, red white and blue, stars and stripes, big V8s, steak, burgers, freedom, loud hemi’s, drag races in between the lights, and blue jeans, you think of America.

Hop in one of these, barbecue with your friends, watch some football, and then go sit by the fire pit with maybe a bit of Springsteen or CCR in the background.

Classic America: that’s what it defines. Perfection.

5. Subaru Impreza WRX

It's not a looker, it's a hatchback, but there's something about it that makes you scared a bit.

It’s not a looker, it’s a hatchback, but there’s something about it that makes you scared a bit.

This car is perfect for one reason: versatility.

You want to take your kids to school, with your dog, to school and then go to the grocery store still with dog and buy enough groceries for the next few weeks? You can, but on the other side of the coin you can go drive 100 miles an hour, around a dirt and gravel rally track.

That’s what make this a perfect car, you can transport your mountain bikes and your snowboards and your golden retriever and your kids, and have a bit of fun while you’re doing it.

What else do you need?